Crewel- Gennifer Albin

Crewel (Crewel World, #1)


Author: Gennifer Albin
Release Date: October 16th 2012
Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia
Series: Crewel World #1
Pages: 368
Pacing: slow


Incapable. Awkward. Artless. 

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. 

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

From Goodreads

The review

My my what a struggle!

Warning ranty review ahead!

It took me ten days yes ten fucking days! I had to force myself to finish but I’ll start by describing the (few) things I liked.

The concept and storyline was very different indeed. In Adelice’s world, Arras, the Guild controls and monitors everything via the Weave (a tapestry of threads made of time and matter). Everything has a thread and the Guild can alter or get rid of threads therefor altering and controlling the world around them. Adelice is a spinster, a girl who has a gift to weave the threads that make up time and matter. Spinsters are the only people that can alter the Weave, that’s why the Guild treasures them. About three quarters of the way through there was a really good, shocking revelation about Arras and how it’d been woven…

I found those ideas very clever and interesting. It definitely made me think about the makeup of the world around us. It’s a very clever idea to think of the world as one big tapestry. Plus a few years back I remember watching a documentary about time travel and parallel universes. Lots of theories were discussed, one of them was about the destruction of this universe (entropy) in the far future. It discussed how future civilizations could escape to other universes or perhaps even CREATE their own universe/reality. So that’s what the description of this book reminded me of…

In fact I’m sure this story is inspired by the strings theory…


My reading stages:

STAGE 1. I was excited after seeing this online. I couldn’t wait for the release.

STAGE 2. Approx 50 pages in “Uh oh I have a feeling I’m gonna be in here a long time..”

STAGE 3. Approx halfway “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh…Zzzzzzz…(Only I wasn’t smiling)”

STAGE 4. Almost at the end,”What? Did something good happen?” Adelice, Jost and Erik fall through the Weave and land on Earth..

FINNISH! Oh man, I’m so glad can you see my tears of joy?

FINAL REACTION/OPINION..The plot was soooo slow and sooooo full of shit!

I really don’t enjoy reading shit and I fail to comprehend how so many people have given this high ratings.

The whole narrative and flow of the plot was, as I’ve said really slow-moving with a lot of it describing the MC’s everyday life. Sure the philosophical explorations I have mentioned were really original and well done, but the plot really could have had more action and flavour to it. I will also say I found the writing style to be very dry and well, basically colourless. Trust me it was nothing as good as that cover is. The characters all felt really dull and unreal. There definitely could have been more character development as I found it near impossible to connect with any of the characters as they all felt like cardboard cutouts.

Why did this story drag so much? It was so so boring, the only thing I was looking forward to this past week was finishing this crap! Now that I’ve FINALLY (at long fucking last) finished, I really feel like a weight has been lifted. I feel like I’ve accomplished something big! *clap* *clap* *CHEER!*

I know this sounds mad but at the moment I seem to be having a desire to find out what will become of this world. True I did find this book very boring but since my library had the next book I thought…. Does this series get any better? Feel free to let me know!


Who I’d recommend this for

Well since I struggled so much to get through this I feel I should warn everyone away. However, there are some really good ideas here if you’re into the multiverse theory (which I am) but you’ll need a LOT of patience as this is a slow one, a really slow one, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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